Stop Motion

Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back. This animation is captured one frame at a time, with physical objects that are moved between frames. When you playback the sequence of images rapidly, it creates the illusion of movement. If you understand how 2D drawn animation (early Disney) works, stop motion is similar, except using physical objects instead of drawings.

The basic process of animation involves taking a photograph of your objects or characters, moving them slightly, and taking another photograph. When you playback the images consecutively, the objects or characters appear to move on their own.

Stop Motion for kids

Most kids have a smartphone. So it is easy to download the free mobile phone application called “Stop Motion Studio” which can be downloaded for both IOS and android phones. This is a powerful, full-featured movie editor with a whole host of features: • A simplistic, easy-to-use interface. • Overlay mode showing the differences between frames. • Animation guides to position animated objects more easily. • Copy, paste, cut, and insert frames at any position. The Mashable video below explains Stop Motion. For more information, please contact me

Classic movies that use this technique include Walace and Gromit, King Kong (1933), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Clash of the Titans (1981), The Terminator (1984), and A Night before Christmas (1993), etc. The movie “A Grand Day Out”, was a classic. Films involving cheese – were never the same again after Wallace and Gromit’s fledgling Aardman adventure, a work of unparalleled delight that sees the Yorkshire inventor and his loyal mutt head off to the moon to load up on their favorite food. The fluid, effortlessly involving physicality of the stop motion is writ large in the details both broad and intimate – watch out for the grub disappearing down Wallace’s gullet -and was to become an Aardman hallmark.

Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and a teacher. I am currently teaching at a Cambridge International School in Vietnam.